By Stan Bush

DENVER (CBS4) – The “R” word is done in Colorado’s statutes.

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Gov. John Hickenlooper (credit: CBS)

On Wednesday, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed an act that will strip the word demeaning people with Down syndrome and other mental disabilities and conditions, removing its appearance in hundreds of statutes.

CBS4’s Stan Bush interviews Clarissa Capuano. (credit: CBS)

“Finally we’re going to put an end to the ‘R’ word which should have been done years ago,” said Carol Capuano, whose daughter lives with Down syndrome.

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The law was signed intentionally on March 21, which is recognized as World Down Syndrome Day.

More than 40 states and the federal government already have similar laws banning the “R” word in statutes.

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Supporters say the law will make society a more kind and understanding place.

“They have so much potential people don’t know. They’re capable of doing anything anyone else can do,” said Capuano.

Hundreds attended Wednesday’s signing ceremony. The event was organized by the Global Down Syndrome Foundation.

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Stan Bush is a general assignment reporter at CBS4. His stories can be seen on CBS4 News at 10. Read his bio and follow him on Twitter @StanBushTV.