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

Getting to know…Rimland’s Amy Werner

Amy Werner is familiar to the Rimland community as the organization’s former administrative assistant, who subsequently became administrative coordinator and then operations director. She was recently interviewed by the digital media platform VoyageChicago as part of their “Chicago’s Most Inspiring Stories” project. VoyageChicago reached out to Amy through social media after seeing some of Rimland’s. . . [more]

Chef in Progress!

Will Rimland produce Chicago’s next Rick Bayless? We are delighted to share that Rimland has recently begun a partnership with the program Doors Open Dishes in a fundraising and awareness effort. Launched by Nicole Schnitzler, a food writer whose brother is an individual with autism, Doors Open Dishes is a unique initiative that pairs individuals. . . [more]

We Walked the Walk!

The 5K Walk for Rimland fundraiser took place on Saturday, June 23 at 10:00am. We were thrilled to have 28 walkers participate this year on a warm but pleasant and sunny summer day. The course started at Rimland’s headquarters in Evanston and took walkers west on Dempster and then through the picturesque Skokie Sculpture Park.. . . [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]

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