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

Walk for Rimland 2018

We are excited to announce the return of a much-loved event from the past.  We  invite all of our families and the Rimland community at large to come and participate in the 2018 edition of Walk for Rimland, to take place June 23, 2018.  This will be our major fundraiser this year, so come one, come all! . . . [more]

Shop (for Rimland) ’til you drop!

Help Rimland while doing your daily shopping. Shop with Scrip is a rebate program that Rimland supporters can participate in that helps raise money for Rimland while shopping for everyday items. The program partners with a wide selection of popular retailers, including Target, Amazon, Apple, and Home Depot. Five Rimland families have already signed up,. . . [more]

World Autism Awareness Day: 2018 Edition

Monday, April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day. This is the 11th annual, internationally recognized World Autism Awareness Day, and the month of April is recognized as World Autism Month. The goal of World Autism Day is to increase understanding and acceptance for the autism community. Advocates traditionally recognize the day by wearing blue. The day was. . . [more]

A Toast to Rimland!

On Friday, February 16, Rimland hosted its first-ever wine tasting event.  Close to 40 guests came to the Developmental Training Center and enjoyed learning about wines from around the world.  The wine tasting was led by Kevin Ball, from In Grape Company, a private wine distribution company right here in Evanston.  While guests were sampling their wines,. . . [more]

Join Us for Holiday Fun

  It’s hard to believe it, but the holiday season is upon us! We would like to invite you to help us make the holidays merry and bright for our clients by participating in our annual Giving Tree.  Check out our website for more details, and please stay tuned for upcoming fundraising events in 2018. We. . . [more]

Water, water everywhere…

This past June, Evanston was hit with a very bad storm, called a “microburst.” The intensity of the storm was so severe that part of the roof of the parking garage at Evanston Hospital was ripped off. There was also severe flooding at Rimland’s Developmental Training headquarters, and the building was closed for a week.. . . [more]

Butcher, baker…candlestick maker!

We are in the developing stages of a new client candle-making venture. Clients recently began learning about horticulture in the classroom, and they planted organic herbs as the first stage of the project. Once these herbs grow, clients will pick them and incorporate them into candles they are making. Clients will then go on outings. . . [more]

Rimland’s Growing Global Influence!

Early this June, Rimland was contacted by an individual traveling from India on a business trip. This individual is the father to a teenage son with autism. He toured Rimland with Associate Executive Director of Client Services Terrance Wimberly and was very impressed by our programs. He acknowledged that Rimland’s residential homes far exceeded his. . . [more]

NU Comes Back

On Saturday, May 13, for the fourth year in a row, Rimland participated in Northwestern University’s NU Gives Back event. NU Gives Back is a student-led, campus-wide day of service that educates participants about the neighborhoods surrounding the University and raises awareness of issues that need attention in the Evanston community. This year, we hosted. . . [more]

Our 2016 Annual Report is here!

Take a look back at our landmark anniversary year and a review of our many accomplishments and program highlights. Check out the annual report here Rimland_AnnualReport_2016_PAGES and on our website.   And while you are on our website, don’t miss our video documenting Rimland’s 45-year history and our array of programs and services!  Check out. . . [more]

Spring has Sprung!

Rimland’s Development Training Programs expanded our Horticultural Program this spring. For the last several years, we have been maintaining a garden in front of our DT Program. This year, we planted inside as well. We planted several flowers and herbs including lavender, sweet mint, parsley, and oregano. We also contributed to the surroundings of our. . . [more]

A job well done!

Rimland would like to recognize the staff members at our Brown and Custer house. At recent annual Individual Service Plan meetings, parents and guardians of the individuals in the home expressed their gratitude.  They said that the staff members are professional, friendly, and knowledgeable. Thank you for all the work that you do on behalf of the. . . [more]

Winning Performances

On March 25, six Rimland clients participated in Special Olympics Illinois’ 2017 spring swimming event at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois. Individual events included the 25-meter freestyle and backstroke. All of Rimland’s participants received ribbons and some even received medals for their efforts.   We are very proud of all of our participants. . . [more]

A Promising Partnership

Rimland is pleased to announce a new partnership with the organization Connections for the Homeless. Connections for the Homeless is an Evanston-based non-profit that supports individuals and families that are homeless or are threatened with homelessness. The goal of our partnership is to connect individuals seeking employment with opportunities at Rimland. We see this as. . . [more]

A New Resident Moves to Sesame Street

The long-running children’s television show Sesame Street has made history by introducing to the cast a new muppet character named Julia, who has autism. The appearance of the new character is not only significant because the show raises awareness and visibility of autism nationally, but also because Julia is female. Autism is under-diagnosed in girls. . . [more]

Rimland’s New Tech-Fitness Initiative!

With our new Tech & Fitness initiative, Rimland is seeking to enhance our Developmental Training program by combining technology and fitness to create engaging programming for the individuals we support. Donations will be used to purchase a T-wall and an EyePlay Interactive Wall. A T-wall is a flat, upright interface with numerous touch surfaces and. . . [more]

Zumba 2.0

After a hiatus, Zumba is back! A global fitness phenomenon, Zumba is a popular dance and exercise program that incorporates cardio, muscle conditioning, balance, and flexibility training with Latin and world music rhythms. We have rebooted our Zumba program to give clients more opportunities to get active. The instructor, Marilyn, comes to the Developmental Training. . . [more]

Happy Anniversary to the Employee Health & Wellness Program

This February marks the two-year anniversary of the Employee Health and Wellness program. As an employee benefit, Rimland covers the cost of an LA Fitness gym membership. At LA Fitness locations throughout Chicagoland, Rimland employees have access to the gym, weights, yoga, spinning classes, basketball courts, pools, saunas, and more. Staff who use their memberships. . . [more]

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