A homeowners association in Discovery Bay threatened to fine Lisa McBride for displaying blue light outside of her home during autism awareness month in April 2019.

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Mom Receives Complaints About Blue Lights For Autism Awareness

Megan Goldsby
April 12, 2019 - 7:27 am

DISCOVERY BAY — A Discovery Bay mom is getting support from families around the Bay Area and the country after she refused to remove the blue lights in front of her home. 

Lisa McBride has displayed the lights throughout April for Autism Awareness month, but the homeowners association in her gated community threatened to fine her unless she replaced them with white lights. 

As the mother of a 19-year-old son with autism, McBride has been shining the lights for years. Her advocacy extends to her personal style — her clothing, nail polish and ring all show her colorful support for raising awareness about autism. 

This was the first time that she ran into opposition from the HOA. 

"So I went to social media and said this is crazy," she said. "Is it just me or doesn't everybody know it's Light It Up Blue month?"

Lisa McBride and her 19-year-old son, Jake. The Discovery Bay mom had a confrontation with her homeowners association over the blue lights she hangs outside of her house for autism awareness month in April.
.Courtesy of Lisa McBride
More people are starting to get the idea as McBride’s dispute with the leader of the HOA drew in more and more attention. 

Now, the head of the association, who did not respond to KCBS Radio's inquiries, has relented. McBride's light will stay blue, which she said makes her son happy. 

"He likes it," she said. "I think it makes him feel included."

Next year, the lights will be back, McBride said. 

"To be honest, by the end of April I am sick of blue. I don't even want to put on a pair of jeans," McBride said. "But I can take it off on May 1 and my son can't autism off. It's his for life."