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

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service at Rimland

On January 18, Rimland celebrated the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday with a visit from an outstanding group of volunteers from Northwestern University. The group of 11 students and faculty members sorted, cleaned, and organized supplies used in our Developmental Training Program activities.   The visit was part of Northwestern’s campus-wide Martin Luther King, Jr.,. . . [more]

Happy Anniversary, Employee Health and Wellness Initiative!

February 2016 marks the one-year anniversary of Rimland’s Employee Health and Wellness Initiative. As part of the initiative, we offer free (that’s right: free!) gym memberships with L.A. Fitness. Gym memberships become available after completing the first month of employment at Rimland. To maintain the memberships, participants must attend the gym a minimum of times. . . [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

How Families Experience Autism

In a recent story, NPR explored a topic close to the hearts of Rimland families: what is it like to be a parent to a child with autism over time? Click the link below to hear how three families experience and describe the highs, lows, and everyday challenges of parenting a child with autism. How. . . [more]

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