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

Got Trivia?

Bring your smarts to Rimland’s first team trivia fundraiser! Gather with old friends and new at Temperance Beer Company (located just down the street from Rimland headquarters) on Monday, January 29 to eat pizza, drink craft beer, and compete for prizes and bragging rights! For more details, click here!

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]

Happy Birthday, Mrs. President!

This past November, Rimland celebrated a milestone birthday of our beloved board president Lorraine Ganz. A retired special education teacher who holds a master’s degree in education from Illinois State University, Mrs. Ganz has dedicated her life’s work to improving the lives of young adults with significant behavioral challenges. As a co-founder and governance officer,. . . [more]

A Thanksgiving Feast!

The Peer Review Team hosted our annual Thanksgiving lunch this year. The meal was catered by Boston Market and included all of the traditional Thanksgiving foods. Desserts included cookies, lemon cakes, and an assortment of pies. This is a fun, annual tradition where everyone can to come together to celebrate our clients and staff. The. . . [more]

Photos from Rimland’s Fall Fundraiser

Last Sunday, November 12, good vibes were in abundance at the Old Town School of Folk Music’s Armitage Street location. Rimland clients, staff, family members, friends, and supporters picked up “Good Vibrations” as we listened to the sounds of talented bands performing familiar favorites. Attendees had opportunities to bid at a silent auction, buy tickets. . . [more]

A record-breaking Client Trip

Rimland took its largest client trip ever to Anaheim, California, this month. Fourteen clients and five Rimland staff members (including a registered nurse, a Health & Wellness team member, and a contracted behavioral specialist) went on the five-day trip. The group enjoyed a diverse array of activities, including the beach, Disneyland, an ice hockey game. . . [more]

Staff News: Relias Conference Update

In October, we reported that Associate Executive Directors Tammie McClendon and Michael Christopher recently attended a Relias (healthcare learning and training organization) conference where they were invited to speak about Rimland’s unique merit-based pay (MPB) structure and how this innovative process helps us to recruit and retain excellent direct service professionals. We’d like to share. . . [more]

Another Home for the Holidays

We are pleased to announce that we have purchased a new community-based residence. We are especially thankful to have achieved this purchase because the need is so great and many clients are interested in becoming a part of Rimland’s residential community. This most recent purchase is Rimland’s 19th residence and our 12th in Evanston. Planning. . . [more]

Come Support Rimland This Sunday, November 12!

  Don’t forget to come and support Rimland at Good Vibrations! A benefit musical celebration and fundraiser with silent auction and raffle. Sunday, November 12, 4:30-8:30 pm at the Old Town School of Folk Music 909 West Armitage Chicago, Illinois 60614 You’ll see and hear some great musical performances, including: The Old Town School Musicians Tangent,. . . [more]

Come join us for some Good Vibrations! A benefit musical celebration and fundraiser for Rimland with silent auction and raffle. Sunday, November 12, 4:30-8:30 pm at the Old Town School of Folk Music 909 West Armitage Chicago, Illinois 60614 See and hear some great musical performances, including: The Old Town School Musicians Tangent, featuring Steve. . . [more]

Holiday cards are in!

They’re here!! As part of Rimland’s Cards and Candles initiative, we have begun selling handmade holiday cards – specially crafted by the individuals supported by Rimland – in variety packs of 12 for $15. This is a wonderful way to be ready for the holidays while supporting the efforts of Rimland’s clients. Visit our online. . . [more]

Baby, you can drive my…van!

On October 6, Rimland recieved two mini vans that were awarded to Rimland as the award for the vehicle grant Rimland submitted to the Illinois Department of Transportation in 2016. These are the sixth and seventh vehicles we have received through two grant cycles (2014 and 2016) from the Illinois Department of Transportation. We look. . . [more]

Announcing Rimland’s Fall Benefit: Good Vibrations!

Get ready to feel some Good Vibrations! Please mark your calendars and plan to attend our fall benefit and musical extravaganza on November 12 at the Old Town School of Folk Music. “Good Vibrations” will feature local bands performing a variety of musical genres, a silent auction, food galore, and fun, fun, fun! The full. . . [more]

We appreciate our Direct Support Professionals!

    On Friday, September 22nd and Saturday, September 23rd, Rimland hosted Direct Support Professional appreciation events. Friday’s event was a catered lunch from Portillo’s, and Saturday’s featured a catered brunch from Panera Bread.     The events included massages offered by a professional massage company, a raffle with a variety of gift card prizes,. . . [more]

Rimland’s 100% Rating

In late September, Rimland completed the annual Department of Human Services Developmental Training survey. At the end of each survey a percentage and level is awarded to the agency. This year Rimland’s outcome was a 100% compliance and award Level 1! We look forward, as always, to improvimg our outcome next year, but most of. . . [more]

SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, November 12, 2017.

We’re very excited to announce that Rimland’s Second Annual Benefit will take place Sunday, November 12, 2017, at the Old Town School of Folk Music. Please save the date and stay tuned for more details!!!

Social Media Odds and Ends…

Did you know…Rimland has a Facebook and LinkedIn page? Links to these pages can be found at the bottom of Rimland’s website or by going directly to Facebook/LinkedIn and searching for Rimland Services. Please visit and “like” our pages on these social media platforms when you have a chance. We would  also like to take. . . [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]

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