Rimland has been saying “welcome home” to individuals with autism for more than 40 years.  We provide a safe, secure environment in which individuals can grow, and from which they can engage with the world. Our approach is unique, our care excellent.

Welcome to Rimland.



Rimland is committed to respecting the dignity of its residents, nurturing each individual with a quality, hands-on customized care plan. We collaborate with parents, guardians, and professionals to support individuals with autism in a progressive and proactive manner.  Learn more.


At Rimland, we specialize in caring for adults with autism in community-living homes. We focus on inclusive education, providing a team-based approach that enhances the life skills of each of our residents.


Just as our staff supports the daily goals and activities of our residents, we rely on the support of others to meet our goals and continue our tradition of excellent care. You can help us in many ways, such as planting gardens, helping fund our programs, or donating goods or services. We invite you to explore ways to become involved in our community.

our story

At the Heart of Rimland, A Mother's Love for Her Son

Rosalind Oppenheim

With her commanding voice and unwavering commitment to her son’s welfare, Rosalind Oppenheim challenged the standards of her time and became one of the first women to revolutionize the way individuals with autism were treated, cared for, and thought about.  Determined to leave a legacy rich with opportunity for her son, Rosalind created a reality out of her vision – The Rimland School for Autism.  Believing parents should always be involved in their children’s care, Rosalind’s model was based on inclusive, collaborative care and believing there was limitless opportunity for individuals with autism.  We, the current Rimland leaders, staff, and parents, are proud to continue her legacy.

in the spotlight

With a song (of gratitude) in our hearts

The melody lingers on after the smashing success of our September fundraiser Come Together: A Day of Music to Benefit Rimland. Thanks to YOU, our loyal families, devoted friends, and generous supporters, Rimland was able to raise more than $20,000! And we couldn’t be more grateful for the contributions of the wonderful bands that shared. . . [more]

A world of laughter, a world of cheer

In late September, ten Rimland residents, along with four staff members, took a six-day trip to Disneyworld, staying just outside of Orlando. Nine participants had visited Disneyworld previously, with one client making the trip for the first time. Highlights of the six-day, fun-filled adventure included visits to Disney’s famous Magic Kingdom and Hollywood studios and. . . [more]

A home for the holidays

We are pleased to announce that Rimland will open a new home for our residents in Evanston by the end of the year. The one-story dwelling, which will accommodate male residents, will be the 17th Rimland residence and our 11th in Evanston. The house is currently being renovated to meet the standards in place throughout. . . [more]

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