welcome

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.

 

dignity

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.

respect

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.

support

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

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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