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 8.24.21 - August 24, 2021

Dear Families, As a follow up to last week’s email, with the numbers of COVID-19 cases going back up, we will make the following changes. Please note, we will re-evaluate in 30 days and make modifications (hopefully the number of cases will have gone down). We are suspending home-visits that are less than two weeks.. . . [more]

COVID-19 Update 8.21.21 - August 21, 2021

Dear Rimland Families, It is hard to believe that we are only a couple of weeks away from the end of summer and we are now being faced with another COVID-19 threat (the Delta variant). Rimland is very concerned and tracking breakthrough cases (none at Rimland) through the CDC and the Evanston Health Department. Also,. . . [more]

Thank You, Niles Township! - May 27, 2021

We are thrilled to announce that Rimland received a $10,000 Niles Township Grant this year to fund activities that are safe to do during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Niles Township has been very generous over the years and has provided consistent funding to help us enrich our programming. This has been especially valuable to Rimland. . . [more]

COVID-19 Update 3.17.21 - March 17, 2021

Hello All –  Exciting news! Due to where we are with the COVID-19 vaccination, we are able to relax the visitation restrictions. However, we are still very concerned with the variant strains of COVID-19. As of March 31, we will not have restrictions on the time length of the visits. You can also pick up. . . [more]

COVID-19 Update 2.5.21 - February 5, 2021

Dear Rimland Community, President Biden recently rolled out his pandemic strategy, which emphasizes better support & vaccine access for individuals with disabilities. You can read all about it below! -The Rimland Team