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KEIZER, Ore. So many of us rely on our cell phones, but probably not as much as a man in Keizer who s blind.

Earlier this week, someone snatched 29-year-old Josh Bowen s phone out of his hand and ran off while he stood at a bus stop.

Bowden uses the audible features on the iPhone for directions, to read text messages, and for email.

He also works as an employee at the Oregon Commission for the Blind, teaching others how to use the iPhone.

They don t realize what they took from me. To them it s just another iPhone, but to a person with a disability such as someone who is blind or visually impaired even, these phones, and technology in general, really enhances the quality and independence of their life, Bowen said.

Bowen has since bought a new phone but it still doesn't take the sting away.

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