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

A Special Relationship - February 3, 2020

Our very own client Sal has been working hard to support a program near and dear to him. In the summer of 2016, Sal spent an afternoon at Equestrian Connection in Lake Forest, Illinois, where he had the chance to ride horseback, help around the barn, and learn a little more about horses. This day. . . [more]

A New Year’s Message from CEO Pamela Watson - January 13, 2020

Dear Rimland Family and Friends, I would like to kick off the new year by extending a heartfelt thank you to all of our stakeholders who have helped shape the support we provide to adults with classic autism. We remain committed to achieving ambitious goals in the year 2020.  The majority of adults supported by. . . [more]

Holiday Happenings - January 13, 2020

We closed out 2019 in style, with a celebration of the end-of-year holidays and our annual Parent-Client Luncheon.   At the end of November, we had another fun celebration with our traditional Thanksgiving party. Each year, we cater all of our clients’ favorite Thanksgiving foods such as turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and of. . . [more]

A Very Giving Tuesday - January 13, 2020

Last November, we raised $4,084 this year for Giving Tuesday, a new record! Giving Tuesday is a worldwide annual tradition where people donate to nonprofit organizations the Tuesday after Thanksgiving as a way of pledging support to the causes that matter most to them. The funds contributed by donors will help us to provide top. . . [more]

Got SMART - November 11, 2019

We recently installed three SMART Boards at our Developmental Training Center. SMART Boards are state-of-the-art technology that combine visual displays with touch interaction, leading to an engaging educational experience for users. From the classroom to the boardroom, SMART Boards make learning interactive by being hands-on, flexible, and versatile. They function as digital whiteboards but also. . . [more]