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

Making Evanston more aware and inclusive

On August 10, Executive Director Carolyn Keel represented Rimland at an autism awareness discussion at Evanston’s Ebenezer AME Church. The purpose of the event was to provide a wide range of information on the autism community to members of the church as well as to the broader Evanston community. Carolyn presented information about Rimland’s history. . . [more]

Feel of Fortune

We are thrilled to announce that Rimland received a $10,000 Niles Township Grant this year to fund and expand our music and art therapy programs! The Niles Township has been very generous over the years and has provided consistent funding to help us enrich our programming. Past grants have been awarded for physical health initiatives. . . [more]

Soaking Up the Sun

Rimland celebrated our annual 4th of July cookout this past month. We love this festive Rimland tradition where we go outside, cook hamburgers and other picnic foods, and enjoy the sunshine. Clients also get dressed up in red, white, and blue, and wear additional decorations such as themed headbands. The weather was beautiful this year. . . [more]

Home and Gardening

Now that the weather has turned warm and sunny (sometimes!), clients are beautifying their homes through outdoor gardening projects. Seven clients took a trip to the Meinke Garden Center in Niles to purchase vegetables to plant at one of our homes. Before going to the garden center, clients spent time in their classes learning about. . . [more]

Healthcare Resources for Adults with Autism

Did you know that AASPIRE (Academic Autistic Spectrum Partnership in Research and Education at Portland State University) has developed an online healthcare toolkit for adults with autism, their supporters, and healthcare providers? The website focuses on primary healthcare and is meant to improve the healthcare of autistic adults. Chocked full of health and medical information,. . . [more]

Planting Seeds of Spring

Spring is officially here! Well, sometimes. Amid the occasional resurgences of winter weather in Chicago in recent weeks, Rimland clients managed to engage in some wonderful gardening in front of the Developmental Training (DT) site. With help from our faithful volunteer Mrs. Moltz, clients planted flowers, strawberries, raspberries, parsley, rosemary, and thyme. Gardening is a. . . [more]

Progress Report

Rimland is currently working on our next annual report, which will be released soon. But here’s a preview! These shots feature our expert photographer, Elliot Mandel, taking photos that will be part of the upcoming report. We look forward to creating these publications as an opportunity to reflect on the past, recommit to our values,. . . [more]

April 2 is Autism Awareness Day

For more than a decade, April 2 has been designated as World Autism Awareness Day by the United Nations to help raise public support for research and education initiatives and to increase overall understanding and acceptance of individuals with autism. At Rimland, of course, every day is an opportunity to support individuals with autism and. . . [more]

Water Works

On Saturday, March 22, five individuals from Rimland participated in Special Olympics Illinois’ Region B Swimming (Aquatics) meet at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois. Events featuring Rimland participants included the 25 meter freestyle and the 25 meter backstroke. Two swimmers received silver medals and one received gold for their efforts in their respective. . . [more]

Introducing our newest addition: Grey

We are so proud and excited to open up our newest home, called Grey. Towards the end of 2017, the Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities sent out a notice that recognized the challenges CILA providers face when expanding capacity in order to support individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities. They created a grant to. . . [more]

Expanding arts opportunities

Rimland’s art program has been expanding over the past few months, and the changes are quite noticeable at DT. In addition to daily craft projects, we have begun to expand our wall murals, not only to beautify DT, but to showcase the hard work and talents of the individuals at Rimland. We are also making. . . [more]

Holiday cards are here!

Rimland’s 2018 holiday cards are available for purchase. Each of these cards were designed by Rimland clients and we are so proud to share them with you. If you would like to purchase them, please contact legan@rimland.org to make arrangements. Variety packs are available for $10.00 and include snowmen, Christmas trees, cornucopias, reindeer, and more!

A Thanksgiving Tradition

Each year at Rimland, our wonderful Peer Review Team hosts a fantastic Thanksgiving feast! We decorate, get dressed up, and enjoy a delicious meal surrounded by our Rimland family. All of our clients had the opportunity to enjoy a freshly cooked traditional Thanksgiving meal that included mashed potatoes, green beans, dinner rolls, mac n’ cheese,. . . [more]

Holiday Craft Fair & Save the Date

Rimland’s Holiday Craft Fair & Bingo Party was a great success and a lot of fun! We would like to thank everyone who participated and supported this event. Clients, employees, and guests alike enjoyed the friendly competition. If you weren’t able to make the event, please know that there are still many holiday crafts, paintings,. . . [more]

A Budding Partnership

Rimland has recently partnered with a company called LifeSpeed to connect behavioral therapists with our clients. They are starting by working with a small group of individuals and implementing customized behavior plans. Once we have fully established this program, we will look to expand it and connect more Rimland individuals with behavioral therapists. We are. . . [more]

A Grand Town to Visit

Clonakilty, Ireland, has become the first autism friendly town, all thanks to the organization AsIAm. Although Ireland is quite a bit away from Rimland, it is fantastic to see the initiative than an entire town has taken to create environments that are welcoming to individuals with autism. Over 200 organizations in the town worked together. . . [more]

Rimland’s Newest Addition!

Our newest CILA, called Grey, is almost complete! After purchasing the property, Rimland has completely renovated the interior of the home to align it with our Core Standards that we implement in all of our homes. The home has passed all city inspections and we will be receiving licensure for the occupancy total soon. It. . . [more]

A Taste of Rimland at Nico Osteria!

Rimland has partnered with two fantastic Chicago organizations to celebrate the culinary gifts of one of our clients. Doors Open Dishes is a unique initiative that pairs individuals with disabilities with chefs at local restaurants across Chicago. Gold Coast standout Nico Osteria is one of Chicago’s premiere Italian restaurants. Doors Open Dishes engaged Nico Osteria’s. . . [more]

Meet Our New Dental Partner!

The Belmont Dental Mobile Clinic’s goal is to provide top quality care in a safe and high-tech mobile unit. Along with standard general dentistry services such as checkups, teeth-cleaning, and x-rays, the Belmont Dental Mobile Clinic provides periodontal and preventative dentistry that addresses treatments such as gum cleaning and fluoride treatments. This program serves many. . . [more]

Holiday Fundraisers – Join Us!

Holiday Plant and Christmas Wreath Fundraiser Our holiday plant sale is already in full swing. All proceeds from this sale will benefit Rimland Services! Holiday evergreen orders must be placed by October 15, 2018 and plant orders are due by November 15, 2018. All purchases will be available for pickup at Rimland, 1265 Hartrey, Evanston,. . . [more]

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