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

Join Rimland this October for a landmark event and a celebration of our history!

We are pleased to announce details of Rimland’s 45th Anniversary Benefit Celebration on October 14 and 15, 2016. On Friday, October 14, come celebrate 45 years of service with jazz with the Dave Jennings Trio, dancing, dining, visionary art, a “wine pull,” and more during a fun-filled evening at our Evanston headquarters, emceed by ABC. . . [more]

We love our volunteers!

It takes a village to make our 45th Anniversary Benefit a success. That’s why artist Katy Ingle (who designed the mural in Rimland’s headquarters), Nancy Crane, and Sherryanne de la Boise have volunteered to help Judith Joseph hang art works for the Rimland Visionary Outsider Art Show on October 15, 2016.  If you would like to. . . [more]

Double Your Gift to Rimland!

Do you work for Apple or Microsoft or UBS? Each of those companies have employee Matching Gift Programs. About 65 percent of Fortune 500 companies (and many others) match donations made by employees to a wide range of nonprofits to support employee charitable giving and to extend corporate philanthropy. The procedure is that an employee first. . . [more]

Horsing Around

On June 8, ten Rimland clients and several staff members traveled to Lake Forest to experience the Equestrian Connection, an organization that specializes in equine therapy programs for individuals with special needs. Equestrian Connection believes that individuals with special needs can connect with horses, therapists, and each other to help improve their lives. The horses. . . [more]

The Rotary Connection

As part of Rimland’s series of 45th anniversary speaking engagements, Executive Director Carolyn Keel spoke to the Rotary Club of Lake Zurich on June 17. Since 2013, Rimland has maintained one community-based residence in Lake Zurich, which is currently home to three male residents. The speaking engagement gave the Rotary Club of Lake Zurich the opportunity. . . [more]

Save the Date: Our 45th Anniversary Celebration is October 14, 2016

Save the Date: Rimland’s 45th Anniversary Celebration is October 14, 2016 Mark your calendars. More details to come very soon!

Special Olympics Swim Meet

On Saturday, March 19, six Rimland residents participated in the annual Special Olympics Illinois swim meet at Lake Forest College. The mission of Special Olympics is to “provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness,. . . [more]

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