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


Rimland held our second Developmental Training Program Carnival/Game Day on September 29. Program participants enjoyed snow cones from a rented snow cone machine and played games such as indoor soccer, bowling, hopscotch, and ring toss. Game prizes included medals, ribbons, and stickers, and clients created the colorful carnival decorations.     Participants also got their. . . [more]

Over the river and through the woods…

On the weekend of September 18, Rimland took our first trip to Wisconsin Dells. This was the first overnight trip for most of the participants, whether with Rimland or with anyone, and the trip was a big success. Among our adventures, the group took an exciting tour on the Original Wisconsin Ducks land/water vehicle. On. . . [more]

Changes to September DT Schedule

Dear Rimland Community: Please be advised that there will be a couple of changes to upcoming events on the September Developmental Training Program calendar. The September birthday celebration will now be held on Wednesday, September 23 at 1:00pm and the Game Day will be held on Tuesday, September 29 at noon. Thank you for your. . . [more]

State Comptroller Defies Court Order

Dear Friends: We regret to report the unfortunate news that Rimland and the individuals we support remain in dire straits as the Illinois state comptroller defies a court order to issue payments to social service agencies. The attached newsletter, Chicago Sun-Times article, and copy of the plaintiffs’ emergency motion describe in explicit details the increasingly bitter battle to force. . . [more]

New Developments on the Budget Impasse

Dear Friends, We are relieved to announce that, pursuant to a court order, the state of Illinois must pay social service agencies by Friday, August 21, 2015. The newsletter and article below report the details of this most recent development in the ongoing state budget battle. This means that, for the time being, Rimland will. . . [more]

Read Rimland’s 2014 Annual Report!

The 2014 Annual Report is online! We are pleased to share our news and accomplishments from the past year with our families and supporters. From technological advances to investments in the health, education, and welfare of our staff, we celebrate a milestone year for Rimland Services. Download the annual report here, and feel free to. . . [more]

State Budget Impasse

As many of you are aware, the state of Illinois has been without a budget since the new fiscal year began July 1. The current political impasse in Springfield over the state budget has left Rimland and other organizations that rely on state funding in limbo. The budget impasse has a crucial impact on the. . . [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]

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