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

Client Spotlight: “Envy-able” Employment

We extend our congratulations to an individual supported by Rimland who recently secured community-based employment at an Evanston boutique called Envy. She works during the mornings on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays and helps with sorting, folding, and displaying clothing items and accessories.

Staff Spotlight: Movin’ On Up!

Tammie McClendon, a valued Rimland employee for over 13 years, has been promoted from Peer Review Team Member to Associate Executive Director of Client Services. During her tenure at Rimland, Tammie has also excelled as a Direct Support Professional and has played a key role in enhancing and maintaining physically and emotionally comfortable environments for. . . [more]

New in February: The Employee Health and Wellness Initiative

On Wednesday, February 18, Rimland launched a new health and wellness program geared towards staff members. The goals of the Employee Health and Wellness Initiative are to offer and encourage healthy living options for all staff members and to enhance the benefits profile for Rimland employees. The program kickoff event took place onsite at Rimland,. . . [more]

A New Addition

On Monday, December 15, Rimland was pleased to celebrate the opening of a new residence for clients. The new home is our 11th in Evanston and our 17th overall. Before being opened to clients, the one-story dwelling was renovated to meet the standards established throughout our residences: kitchen appliances and cabinets were selected for their. . . [more]

Staff Spotlight: Congratulations to Bonnie Saltzman!

At the end of last year, we said goodbye to 2014, but we also bid a fond farewell to one of our team members, Bonnie Saltzman, who retired at the end of last year. Bonnie joined Rimland in March 2009, and as receptionist, she was the face and voice of Rimland to anyone who visited. . . [more]

Out and About: Expanding Our Community Programs

We are entering an exciting new stage at Rimland Services, where we are becoming an even more community-based, and community-involved, organization. Recently, we have begun implementing new programming, at both the Developmental Training (DT) program and at the residences, that allows our clients even more opportunities to take part in a variety of community events. . . [more]

Celebrating 2014: A Message from CEO Pamela Watson

With 2014 nearly behind us, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of our clients, partners, team members, friends, and families of Rimland. Without all of you, we would not be where we are today, doing what we love! The past year has been both challenging and exciting. Most recently, thanks to the. . . [more]

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