Rimland has been saying “welcome home” to individuals with autism for more than 45 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

COVID-19 Update 5.29.20 - May 29, 2020

Dear Rimland Community,  As the weather gets warmer and restrictions begin to ease in Illinois, we at Rimland are grateful for everyone’s hard work that has kept us healthy so far. Now, individuals get to enjoy spending time in their backyards and taking car rides around town. Adapting to wearing masks has not been easy, but individuals are becoming much more. . . [more]

COVID-19 Update 5.19.20 - May 19, 2020

Dear Rimland Community,   As hospitals adapt to the influx of COVID-19 patients and associated health risks, they have developed policies intended to protect patients and care providers. One of the main policies hospitals have implemented is a “No Visitors” policy, in order to reduce the number of people entering/exiting a hospital, and therefore curb transmission. . . [more]

COVID-19 Update 4.28.20 - April 28, 2020

Dear Rimland Family,   As you may know by now, Governor Pritzker has extended the shelter-in-place order through May 30th. To date, we have not received an update from the Department of Human Services on when we are permitted to reopen our Day Programs, therefore we will continue to shelter in place until we receive further direction.   We are pleased. . . [more]

COVID-19 Update 4.20.20 - April 20, 2020

Dear Rimland Community,  As part of our commitment to transparency, we must inform you that one client and two employees have tested positive for COVID-19.  These individuals were, and are currently, asymptomatic, and in isolation. They have our full support and we are providing them with resources to ensure a safe recovery. We understand that this news can cause panic, but we are here to tell you that. . . [more]

COVID-19 Update 4.9.20 - April 9, 2020

To Our Rimland Community –  Governor Pritzker recently announced that the Stay at Home order will be extended through at least April 30th. While we had hoped to resume regular operations sooner, we understand that this extension is for the safety and wellbeing of all Illinoisans. We also acknowledge how difficult this is for Rimland. . . [more]