Bitte Rydeman

Bitte Rydeman

Affiliated with the university, Speech and language pathologist, PhD

Personal profile


Bitte Rydeman’s research focuses on accessibility and communication  - mainly on how technological and human assistance can facilitate participation in everyday life for individuals with disabilities. Her research has targeted use and development of assistive technology for communication, as well as Universal Design, Interaction Design and Cognitive Support. 


Bitte Rydeman has participated in the following R&D projects:

  • ”My life, my words” (2019 — 2021). Bitte Rydeman was the project leader, in collaboration with Furuboda Association. The project focused on participation, self determination, an access to a rich vocabulary by individuals who use Voice Output Communication Aids. The project was funded by the Swedish Inheritance Fund. 
  • ”CISCOS” (2018 - 2020). An EU project about how to make the UNCRDPD work in practice. Collaboration with the city of Lund.
  • ”Speducult” (2017 - 2019). A Nordic/Baltic project about multisensory stimulation/Snoezelen. In collaboration with Eldorado resource centre in Gothenburg.
  • ”Universal design at museums in Southern Sweden” (2017-2018). In collaboration with Funktionsrätt Skåne and two museums.
  • ”STARR” (2016 - 2019). An EU project about technology and advice to reduce the risk of a second stroke.
  • ”TEMA” (2015 - 2016). About technological and human assistance. Funded by the organisation RTP.
  • ”ABBI” - Audio Bracelet for Blind Interaction (2014 - 2017). Funded by the European Commission.
  • ”NavMem”- Navigation Support for Older Travellers with Memory Decline. (2012 - 2015). Funded by the European Commission/ the AAL Program.
  • ”DIKO” - digital diaries for children and adults with intellectual disabilities (2010 - 2013). Bitte Rydeman was the project leader, in collaboration with Furuboda association, FUB, and the city of Lund. Funded by the Swedish Inheritance Fund.
  • ”Words at the right time” - a project about pre-stored utterances in Voice Output Communication Aids (2005 - 2008). Bitte Rydeman led the project, in collaboration with Furuboda Association. The project was funded by the Swedish Inheritance Fund.


As a senior lecturer at the department of design sciences, Bitte Rydeman was responsible for two distance-based courses between 2012 - 2021:  Designing Cognitive Support in Everyday Life, and Apps, Pictures and e-Tools in Healthcare, Schools and Social Services. During this time she was also some years responsible for the course Future Housing - Design for Modern Ageing. She has also taught about Universal Design and cognitive and communicative support.

Professional work

Until her retirement in February 2022, Bitte Rydeman worked as a senior lecturer at the Department of Design Sciences (department Certec) at Lund University. After her retirement she has still ben affiliated with the university, and has been working part time with research, teaching and supervision. Until 2021 she was also affiliated with Furuboda Association, mainly to collaborate with them in several R&D projects. Between 1980 and 2010, Bitte Rydeman worked as a speech and language pathologist in Region Halland. There she worked at the habilitation center in Halmstad between 1980 and 1999, and then at the resource centre DaKo 2000 to 2010. Parallel with her work as a speech and language pathologist she participated in several projects, some of which are described at During 2000 to 2010 she was a PhD student at the department of linguistics at Gothenburg University. This culminated with her dissertation in June 2010:  ”The Growth of Phrases - User-centred Design for Activity-based Voice Output Communication Aids”.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

UKÄ subject classification

  • General Language Studies and Linguistics
  • Other Health Sciences
  • Human Computer Interaction

Free keywords

  • rehabilitation engineering
  • speech and language pathology
  • augumentative and alternative communication
  • universal design
  • assistive technology
  • cognitive design
  • Case - Centre for Ageing and Supportive Environments


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