Autistic toddler denied bedroom of his own.
AUTISTIC toddler Ryan Finney is desperate for his own bedroom.
But his parents Kelvin and Lisa have been told there are almost 300 people ahead of them on the waiting list for a three bedroom house.
The family live in a two bedroom home in Locking Drive, Kingsway, meaning Ryan, who is three-and-a-half has to share a bedroom with his sister Jenny, aged two.
But he needs soft music and colourful lighting when he sleeps, which disrupts his sister and wakes her up. Doctors say these sensory stimulants are necessary in order to establish a routine for Ryan.
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Landlords Ronford Homes have informed the family there is a three bedroom house ready and available for them. However, their bid to move has been rejected.
Mr Finney, 37, a chef at Blooms Garden Centre, said: "We want to move but the council said no. It has made us angry and frustrated.
"My son was diagnosed with autism in February and he needs his own space. The council just told us to put our daughter in our room with us. It's unacceptable"
A Gloucester City Council spokesman said: "Following an independent medical assessment the family were deemed to be in adequate housing.
"Their request for a three bedroom house has been acknowledged by the council, but currently there are 257 people deemed more in need of a three-bedroom property and a further 388 deemed the same housing need as this family for a three bedroom property."
Sarah Birmingham, interim head of Children's Occupational Therapy for Gloucestershire Care Services, said they needed to carry out a full assessment of a child's needs before making a recommendation to the housing department.
"Together with the community learning disability team, we will look at all strategies that could help Ryan and his family, including whether additional equipment, adaptations and space are needed," she said.
"Once these assessments have been completed, we will provide our report to the housing department, who can then offer a larger property if it is considered appropriate. I would like to reassure the Finneys we are working as quickly as we can to find the best way forward."