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

Public Forum with ACLU Illinois Legal Director Ben Wolf

On May 11 in the Parasol Room of Evanston City Hall, Rimland hosted the public forum “The Rights of Persons with Developmental Disabilities,” featuring American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois legal director Ben Wolf interviewed by Associate Cook County Circuit Court Judge Marty Moltz on legal policies, practices, and issues that affect adults with autism. . . [more]

House Beautiful!

In in the May 2015 newsletter, we announced that the City of Evanston had awarded Rimland a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the City of Evanston to renovate our Hartrey South residence, home to four residents. The home was renovated to better accommodate wheelchairs and to meet Rimland standards that are durable, safe,. . . [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!

CEO Pamela Watson Represents Rimland at the Rotary

As a part of Rimland’s pubic education program, Rimland CEO Pamela Watson spoke to an audience at the Rotary Club of Evanston during the month of April about the work that Rimland does to provide the essential supports for adults with autism. The Rotary Club donated a book to the Evanston Public Library in Rimland’s honor.. . . [more]

Join us Wednesday, May 11 for a Conversation with Ben Wolf, Legal Director of the ACLU of IL

  Rimland invites you to a public discussion of issues impacting adults with autism and other developmentally disabled persons. Wednesday, May 11, 2016 7:00 – 8:00 PM Parasol Room Evanston City Hall 2100 Ridge Avenue Evanston, IL 60201 Ben Wolf and the ACLU’s Institutionalized Persons Project have consistently challenged the systemic abuse and neglect of. . . [more]

Three’s Company

We are happy to announce that Rimland received our third van from the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Consolidated Vehicle Procurement Program. This van is a fourteen-passenger paratransit vehicle with a lift. RimlandNews followers may recall that Rimland was awarded a total of five vehicles from the program, including two mini-van paratransit vehicles with ramps, two light-duty paratransit vehicles with. . . [more]

On the Right Track

Spring is finally here! And with the warmer weather comes Special Olympics Spring Games. Special Olympics hosts 19 spring games events throughout the state of Illinois, including last month’s swim meet held at Lake Forest College. On April 17, a group of individuals supported by Rimland participated in the Special Olympics Illinois Area 18 track and field meet at. . . [more]

April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day

Saturday, April 2, 2016 is the eighth annual World Autism Awareness Day. President Barack Obama has issued an official proclamation recognizing the day. Supporters will be wearing the color blue, and more than 11,000 major buildings, landmarks, and homes will participate in the global campaign by “lighting it up blue.” Even the Orlando Eye, one. . . [more]

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]

Training Day

On March 14, a group of 10 dedicated participants, including parents, staff, and supporters, engaged in a public speaking training session led by Kathy Tate-Bradish, a recognized public speaker. The individuals who attended the training have agreed to serve as guest speakers on behalf of Rimland and plan to secure speaking engagements at churches, synagogues,. . . [more]

Talking Neurodiversity

What is neurodiversity? Steve Silberman, author of last year’s ground-breaking and award-winning exploration of the history and science of autism called Neurotribes, explains neurodiversity and gives an enlightening overview of the “forgotten” history of autism in this fascinating TED2015 talk. The Forgotten History of Autism

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