Our son is nonverbal, but by his body language, we gather that he is proud, happy, he feels accepted and important, and that he belongs to an extended family – Rimland. Rimland nurtures his self-esteem, structures his daily activities, and installs goals. He used to be crabby, but now we often see him smile.

— The Crisostomos Family
March Updates: Special Olympics, New Vehicles
Swimmers in action!

Swimmers in action!

On March 21, 2015, seven of the individuals supported by Rimland participated in the Special Olympics Area 18 aquatics meet, which was held at Lake Forest College. Rimland’s entrants participated in both the 25 Meter Freestyle and 25 Meter Backstroke events. Some Rimland participants won gold, silver, and bronze medals at the meet. We look forward to the upcoming Special Olympics track and field meet to be held on Sunday, April 26, 2015, at Mount Prospect High School.

In 2014, Rimland submitted an application to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) for vehicles through IDOT’s Consolidated Vehicle Procurement Program. This month, we learned that Rimland was awarded five vehicles, including two minivan paratransit vehicles with ramps, two light-duty paratransit vehicles with lifts, and one medium-duty paratransit vehicle with lift. The vehicles will be delivered between the end of 2015 and the autumn of 2016.