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Family is a critical source of support (i.e., cognitive, emotional and social) at all stages for development of disabled women who have a considerable share of 2.01% in total population of our country. Their vulnerabilities multiply with the very fact of being women and disabled. This discrimination places them at higher risk of gender-based neglect, violence, sexual abuse, and social exclusion.  Even their parents are bestowed with social stigma, shame and guilt placing both on a disadvantageous position leading to serious crisis or even disruption of family life. This paper aims to examine the role of a family in developing psychological hardiness leading to the empowerment of disabled women.

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