As I rolled into Aotea Square at 5 pm on a Monday, surrounded by seagulls and passers-by, I couldn't help but feel nervous of what was about to unfold. Lots of people from different ages, backgrounds and nationalities, were at the iconic Auckland spot, observing what I was about to do. Although I had spent some time predicting all the things that could go wrong with the experiment as soon as I parked the wheelchairs a warm sense of trust washed over me. I had 3 friends, Elina, Steven (who run Storyo.co) and Leandro (from Gaea Podcast) plus my mom looking over me. Being a catalyst for change was a risk I was willing to take to start the conversation about our societal definition of disability and self-worth and address the shame that is often attached to the ableism we try to uphold. This story may sound familiar. I got inspired by the experiment on Self-Acceptance by Jae West. If you haven’t come across her video, please google “Woman lets the public cut her hair for powerful message”. We both explore the damaging role of shame in our society. In her words “Shame isolates us whereas vulnerability reminds us of our shared humanity.” Through reflecting on my own experience as a person with a disability dealing with New Zealand’s immigration systemic discrimination, I at some point doubted of my worth as a human being. Once I got back on my wheels, I wanted to know that I wasn’t alone in my conviction: we all have value and can contribute to society. As I knew the experiment was provocative and I was emotionally prepared to have not a single person sitting in the chair and the experiment to fail. I could see curiosity in some faces but I had to wait for the first interaction to be made. As I open about my vulnerability as a migrant woman with a disability and the historical facts that have a lasting impact on the self-acceptance of people with disabilities I was able to connect and deeply interact. Slowly but surely people started coming up and read the signs I was using to educate and bring awareness towards the reality of people with disabilities. The spontaneous messages of support and assurance that we are all the same brought me a deep sense of belonging. I know I am doing the right thing by persisting my dream to live permanently in New Zealand despite not meeting the acceptable standard of health criteria. I’m worthy of living in New Zealand.