At the Heart of Rimland, A Mother's Love for Her Son
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
Our annual client trip took place at the end of September. This year, 11 clients and six staff members traveled to Orlando, Florida, to have some fun at Walt Disney World! A Rimland tradition for more than two decades, the client trip is an experience we are proud to offer. We believe that it is. . . [more]
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]
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]
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]
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]