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

7/18/15 Outdoor Activities Cancelled

Dear Rimland Community: Due to the extreme heat index forecast, we are cancelling the scheduled outdoor activities tomorrow, Saturday, July 18, 2015, for the individuals supported at Rimland.  The outdoor activities will be rescheduled for another date and will be replaced tomorrow with indoor activities and a meal delivered to the residence. Sunday activities will. . . [more]

Fashion Forward!

On June 11, Rimland presented our first Spring Fashion Show featuring participants from the Residential and Developmental Training programs. Clients took the runway at the Developmental Training Center sporting their finest ready-to-wear fashions, including formal attire, fitness apparel, and casual wear, all in bright colors befitting the season. The delighted audience of family members, staff,. . . [more]

Rimland Goes to Yale!

On Saturday, May 9, Rimland was honored to be the focus of YaleChicago’s first-ever Yale Day of Service site dedicated to architecture and design. Launched in 2009, the global day of service is an opportunity for Yale alumni around the world to share their time and talents and make a difference. While Yale Day of. . . [more]

Access Granted

We are pleased to announce that the City of Evanston has awarded Rimland a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to renovate our Hartrey South residence. As our only home with a wheelchair-bound resident, Hartrey South will be renovated to make all aspects of the home more accessible. Renovation priorities include widening doorways and shower doors. . . [more]

Community Spotlight: In the Kitchen with Rimland

Rimland clients have begun monthly visits to the Campus Kitchen at Northwestern University to help prepare peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for children in the Evanston community who don’t have lunch at their schools. A national leader in creating community service opportunities for students, Campus Kitchen partners with Northwestern and other universities and high schools. . . [more]

NU Gives Back…is Back!

Northwestern University students returned to Rimland on Saturday, May 16 for the fifth annual NU Gives Back, a student-run, campus-wide day of service for Northwestern students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Student volunteers at our Developmental Training Center painted the guest bathrooms, set up a new recycling center, organized the storage room next to the snack. . . [more]

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