In the early 1980s she started the OASIS self help group for trans people, providing an environment of mutual support and friendship. She also founded the Norfolk-based Gender Identity Services and organised the first ever International Transgender Conference at the University of East Anglia.
In 2011 she received an OBE "for services to gender dysphoria".
The Barbara Ross Association has been set up to continue her work, including the running of the Transgender Conferences.
- http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/obituaries/obituary_barbara_ross_champion_of_norfolk_s_transgender_community_1_3969087 "Obituary: Barbara Ross - champion of Norfolk’s transgender community". Eastern Daily Press, 25 February 2015. Accessed: 2015-10-06. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/6c51z6Iy7)
- http://www.gender.org.uk/gendys//2011/ross.htm. "New Year Honour for Gender Counsellor: Barbara Ross OBE". Gendys Journal, spring 2011. Accessed: 2015-10-06. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/6c52BzPgu; also archived by the Web Archive at https://web.archive.org/web/20151022160626/http://www.gender.org.uk/gendys//2011/ross.htm
- http://www.transgender-advice.com/bra.html Transgender Advice: Barbara Ross Association. Accessed: 2015-10-06. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/6c52gsXXt)