Are you disabled in your dreams?
I have not been able to sleep well recently -- for no real reason that I can tell. So, I have been doing the websurf at 3 AM thing. And I have stumbled on the question of disability and dreams. Does it/should it matter if you are/are not disabled in your dreams? At first, I thought that the question should have definite answers. I know, for example, that when I began to dream in German and write shopping lists, todo notes etc. -- I was on my year abroad -- I knew that I had finally made the transition to being fluent. No longer was I translating everything backwards and forwards, I simply existed in German. Even today, over 10 years later, I remember my experiences from those days in German. They were lived and later written in my memory in German. It feels weird to describe the wall coming down in English.
What I have been reading thus far suggests both that if you have an acquired disability and you don't dream disabled, you haven't accepted the transition (DENIAL!!) and, contradictorily, that people who made the transition decades ago and are comfortable in their new worlds can appear disabled and non-disabled in their dreams. I haven't read anything about the experiences of people who are disabled from birth; most of what I have read concerns traumatic injury -- what if your impairment experience isn't really like that?
For my part, I rarely dream -- or I rarely recall my dreams. And when I do, I remember primarily the experience or the narrative -- the fear, the excitement, the people I encountered, the situation, etc. I am mostly disembodied, if you see what I mean. I don't dream about inaccessibility, per se, or, indeed, about explicitly disabled issues. I do occasionally dream anxiety stuff before a big performance, but that doesn't exactly connect.
So, I suppose that I don't really have an answer for myself. But I really want to know.