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When People With Autism Encounter Police | Collusion in the NFL?

People with autism shouldn't get mistaken as criminals. But they do. Evidence suggests people with autism experience seven times the number of encounters with police that most of us do — and almost never in a good way. How do we fix that? Guest host John Donvan is joined by Emily Iland, an autism advocate and educator, Barry Prizant, author of "Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism," Michael John Carley, who has Asperger syndrome and founded GRASP, the Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership, and Carolyn Gammicchia, a former police officer who founded L.E.A.N On Us, a law enforcement awareness network. First, let's talk about Colin Kaepernick. The NFL pre-season is halfway over and the quarterback still hasn't been signed to a team. Kaepernick gained attention outside sports circles last year when he declined to stand during the pre-game national anthem. Are NFL teams too afraid to take on an activist athlete? We're joined by William Rhoden, writer-at-large for ESPN's The Undefeated.

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